My Dining RoomPosted: April 13, 2010
My dining room is in Fulham, tucked around the corner from Fulham Broadway station to be more precise. Now, I rarely visit this part of town, but if I lived around here and wanted to eat somewhere that was a bit less manic than say the Harwood Arms, this would definitely be my regular haunt. Formerly a gastropub called “The Farm” it’s been recently refurbished and they’ve recruited head chef Julian Marshall who’s also done time at Anton Mosimann’s and The Lanesborough. The interior is adeck with coffee and cream tones of plushness. Whilst I’m not too sure about the name, it’s very well designed in a spacious-and-sophisticated-without-being-stuffy sort of way –designer Jason Hwang is a bit of a genius.
My dining partner and I were impressed at the cocktail list and even more so at the wine list, which joyfully sources from small artisan vineyards. My glass of Cuvee des Conti Bergerac was more crisp and floral than a bunch of stargazers. The menu boasts big sharing plates of comfort food, things like onglet and chips or wild boar sausage and mash – in short the sort of dishes I completely resent having to share. Nonetheless, we did share a starter of crayfish caesar salad. It arrived in a bucket sized bowl, busy with fresh anchovies, crayfish and a spot-hitting tangy, cheesy dressing. Our only complaint was that we struggled to finish it – it could have easily fed three. A main of fish and chips came perfectly cooked, a crisp, tempura shell which crunched appealingly into a steaming hunk of pearly protein. The presentation was adorable, they served the skin on chips in a little mini coal scuttle and a pretty chiffonade of citrus peel on the fish. The home made mushy peas was nicely flecked with minty shreds and the home made tartare sauce definitely tasted like it was.
A tartare burger was crowned with crisply fried capers, the egg yolk came separately and the bun was sturdy yet sweet. Ours came cooked, but they are also planning on doing a proper raw version for the summer. The fish is all line caught, the beef is from cows that have lived better lives than a lot of humans and they use Daylesford Organic products. Stuffed and happy, our final bill came to £48.60. I have always hated and avoided visiting Fulham at all costs, but next time I do, at least I know I have somewhere decent to eat.
My Dining Room
18 Farm Lane
London SW6 1PP
0207 381 3331